East County Sports

Griffins win first state championship

2017 CCCAA CHAMPION GROSSMONT GRIFFINS

2017 GROSSMONT GRIFFINS BASEBALL

 

By Ramon Scott

EastCountySports.com

 

FRESNO – Grossmont College head coach RANDY ABSHIER knows how special this group of Griffins was.

He also knows that his team’s trip this week to the 2017 California Community College Athletic Association State Championship would likely be a once-a-generation event for everyone involved.

Abshier surveys the situation Sunday. /  photo by Mike Robles

The Griffs were outsiders at the four-team finals in Fresno.

Respected, yes, for their obvious talent and powerful reputation.

But Grossmont was a newcomer nonetheless.

Still, this hodgepodge of players from the San Diego and Temecula areas were a nearly unstoppable mix of pitching, power and speed that really was only slowed by an early month of rain-interrupted seasoning.

While to a man, the Griffins proclaimed themselves underdogs, they ultimately performed with such extreme confidence that their celebration in the middle of the diamond Sunda at John Euless Ballpark following their 10-6 state championship win on Memorial Day over Santa Rosa seemed inevitable once the goal became clear.

The team had learned from its experience last season reaching the Southern California sectionals before losing to Cypress.

“This team is from different areas of San Diego and Temecula,” Abshier said. “They were just dominant on the field. They had a no quit attitude every game.

“I actually had to control them a lot of times because they always wanted to play as hard as they can in practice or in games. That attitude is just amazing.”

 


 

FRESNO – May has been pretty good to Grossmont College freshman HAYDEN SHENEFIELD.

Earlier this month, the Griffins’ right-handed pitcher received a B.S. degree in business management from San Diego State.

Late Monday afternoon, the 2013 El Camino Real High grad was named Most Valuable Player of the Final Four tournament at the CCCAA state championship.

Shenefield is presented the tournament MVP award. / photo by Mike Robles

He pitched the final two innings of the Griffins’ championship-clinching 10-6 win over Santa Rosa.

“Hayden Shenefield called me in the fall and said, ‘hey, I play adult ball, do you mind me coming out and trying out for the team?'” Grossmont coach RANDY ABSHIER said. “You never turn away a guy from a program. He came in and he’s the real deal. He’s just an amazing individual.”

Shenefield has a major role in all three Grossmont wins at the championship series, tossing a complete game and recording a save in the process.

“I just came out with the same approach I’d been doing since I got my first start in the middle of the year — just throw strikes and get people out. That’s the plan.”

Shenefield, earning his way into the starting rotation mid-season, delivered a six-hitter on Memorial Day, as Grossmont advanced to the series finals.

The day prior, he earned the save with one inning in a tournament-opening win over Ohlone.

His hard work at SDSU while taking onine courses at Grossmont has led to more opportunities to further his education and pitching development.

“I look to continue my baseball career while getting my MBA,” Shenefield said.

 


 

FRESNO – Concerningly, Griffins slugger NOAH STROHL got off to a slow start at the state championship series.

A hamstring injury affected the sophomore’s swing, but it didn’t slow him enough to prevent him from finding a few pitches he could handle in his usual fashion on Monday en route to a four-RBI performance in the ultimate game.

The first baseman out of La Jolla High, cranked a two-run home run in the third inning.

He later doubled in a run in both the seventh and eighth innings.

“He’s got a little bit of a hamstring pull and that’s why he didn’t run very hard on those doubles,” Abshier said. ” He struggled here early, but he’s got that aggressiveness of wanting to get it done and he got it done.”

Strohl, who is headed to San Diego State, is a statue at 6-foot-6, 235 pounds. He led Grossmont with 11 round-trippers this season, while hitting .270 and still driving in a team-high 56 runs.

“Noah is the voice of our team,” Shenefield said. “He gets everyone on the team up and going.

“He came through in a big way today.”

 


 

FRESNO – While Grossmont seemingly won at will for most of the season, recording three winning streaks of 10 games or more, the championship drive took two turns on Memorial Day that put the Griffins’ championship hopes in doubt.

Santa Rosa won the first game 5-4 forcing a deciding game where the Griffins were going to bat first.

The loss for Grossmont ended a 12-game winning streak.

Later, in the deciding game, the Bear Cubs scored three runs to close a Griffins’ lead to 6-5 with a three-run seventh.

But former Granite Hills Eagle ROBERT BOSTEDT roped a bases-clearning double re-expanding the Griffins’ lead.

He also had an RBI double in the fifth inning of the first game, which at the time, stake the Griffs to a 4-3 lead.

Bostedt, a sophomore, had a tremendous season offensively surrounded by a lineup of offensive stars. A team that was built for Fresno.

Bostedt hit .371 with 14 stolen bases on the season.

He will be playing at NCAA Division II power Chico State next season.

 


 

FRESNO – A pair of former West Hills Wolf Pack pitchers had their impact in the championship doubleheader on Monday for Grossmont College.

Barr executes an assist Monday. / photo by  Mike Robles

Freshman left-hander JEREMIAH BARR got his first win of the season in the deciding game, allowing two runs, but striking out five in 3 1/3 innings.

UNLV-bound pitcher DONAVON MCCRYSTAL got the call to start the earlier championship game, but he left after 4 1/3 innings, allowing a couple of earned runs, but he was hobbled after taking a line drive in the leg.

He continued on and was able to pitch somewhat effectively, but was limited getting off the mound defensively.

McCrystal finished the season 9-2 with a 2.39 ERA.

 

 


 

Santa Rosa vs Grossmont

@ Fresno, CA | John Euless Ballpark
5/29/2017 at 11:00am

 

Santa Rosa
5
Grossmont
4
FINAL 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Santa Rosa (38-10) 0 0 2 0 1 1 1 0 0 5 10 1
Grossmont (38-8-1) 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 4 9 2

Santa Rosa

HITTERS AB R H RBI BB SO LOB
Blake Berry 2b 5 2 2 0 0 0 0
Josh Lenney 3b 5 0 2 1 0 0 0
Trevor Mallett c 4 0 1 1 0 1 1
Ryder Kuhns 1b 4 0 0 0 0 0 2
Cole Brodnansky dh 3 0 0 0 0 0 1
   Juan Lopez-Rios 3b 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ben Sanderson lf 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
   Matt Yokota lf 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Matt Kimura ss 3 0 2 0 1 0 0
Jeff Bart rf 3 0 0 1 0 1 2
Daniel Teasley cf 4 2 2 0 0 1 1
Evan Hill p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 36 5 10 3 1 3 7
BATTING
3B: Blake Berry
RBI: Josh Lenney; Trevor Mallett; Jeff Bart
Sac: Jeff Bart
Sac fly: Trevor Mallett
BASERUNNING
SB: Ben Sanderson; Daniel Teasley
FIELDING
E: Blake Berry
DP: Blake Berry; Ryder Kuhns; Matt Kimura

Grossmont

HITTERS AB R H RBI BB SO LOB
David Maldonado cf 5 1 1 1 0 1 2
Reece Hernandez 2b 5 1 1 0 0 0 1
Justen Burkey 3b 4 1 1 0 1 1 0
Noah Strohl 1b 5 0 1 1 0 1 0
Trevor Beard c 4 0 1 0 0 0 3
Robert Bostedt dh 4 0 1 1 0 0 1
Eric De la Rosa lf 3 1 1 0 0 0 1
   Jale Sim lf 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Michael Diffley ss 2 0 0 0 2 0 0
Cabot Van Til rf 3 0 2 1 0 0 1
Donavon McCrystal p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Andrew Mitchel p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Javier De la Torre p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 36 4 9 4 3 3 9
BATTING
2B: Trevor Beard; Robert Bostedt
HR: David Maldonado
RBI: David Maldonado; Noah Strohl; Robert Bostedt; Cabot Van Til
GIDP: David Maldonado
BASERUNNING
FIELDING
E: Justen Burkey; Michael Diffley

Santa Rosa

PITCHERS IP H R ER BB SO HR
Evan Hill 5.0 7 4 3 2 2 1
Josh Lenney (W, 3-2) 4.0 2 0 0 1 1 0
Totals 9.0 9 4 3 3 3 1
PITCHING
Batters Faced: Josh Lenney 15; Evan Hill 25
HBP: Josh Lenney
Pitches-Strikes: Evan Hill 90-58; Josh Lenney 49-30

Grossmont

PITCHERS IP H R ER BB SO HR
Donavon McCrystal 4.1 6 3 2 0 1 0
Andrew Mitchel 1.0 1 1 0 1 0 0
Javier De la Torre (L, 2-1) 3.2 3 1 1 0 2 0
Totals 9.0 10 5 3 1 3 0
PITCHING
Batters Faced: Donavon McCrystal 20; Andrew Mitchel 5; Javier De la Torre 14
Pitches-Strikes: Donavon McCrystal 66-43; Andrew Mitchel 19-9; Javier De la Torre 37-29
SCORING SUMMARY
SANTA ROSA – TOP 3RD
Blake Berry advanced to second on a balk; Daniel Teasley scored on a balk.
Ryder Kuhns reached first on a fielding error by 3b; Blake Berry scored, unearned.
GROSSMONT – BOTTOM 3RD
David Maldonado homered to right field, RBI.
GROSSMONT – BOTTOM 4TH
Cabot Van Til singled up the middle, RBI; Eric De la Rosa scored, unearned.
SANTA ROSA – TOP 5TH
Josh Lenney singled up the middle, advanced to second on the throw, RBI; Daniel Teasley scored.
GROSSMONT – BOTTOM 5TH
Noah Strohl grounded out to 2b, RBI; Reece Hernandez scored.
Robert Bostedt doubled to left center, RBI; Justen Burkey scored.
SANTA ROSA – TOP 6TH
Jeff Bart grounded out to p, SAC, RBI; Matt Kimura advanced to second; Ben Sanderson scored, unearned.
SANTA ROSA – TOP 7TH
Trevor Mallett flied out to rf, sacrifice fly, RBI; Blake Berry scored.
OTHER INFORMATION
Location: Fresno, CA
Stadium: John Euless Ballpark
Attendance: 672
Duration: 2:35
Umpires: Home plate – Bob Williams , First base – Hal Simons , Second base – Dean Poteet , Third base – Scott Mahoney
Grossmont vs Santa Rosa
@ Fresno, CA | John Euless Balpark
5/29/2017 at 2:10pm

 

Grossmont
10
Santa Rosa
6
FINAL 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R  H  E
Grossmont (38-8-1) 0 0 2 2 0 0 2 4 0  10  14  2
Santa Rosa (38-11) 0 0 1 1 0 0 3 0 1  6  9  3

Grossmont

HITTERS AB R H RBI BB SO LOB
David Maldonado cf 5 1 1 1 1 1 0
Reece Hernandez 2b 3 2 1 0 1 1 3
Justen Burkey 3b 4 1 0 0 1 1 0
Robert Bostedt dh 5 2 3 3 0 0 1
Trevor Beard c 5 1 2 1 0 2 2
Noah Strohl 1b 5 1 3 4 0 0 0
Michael Diffley ss 4 0 0 0 1 2 1
Eric De la Rosa lf 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
   Jale Sim lf 2 0 0 0 0 2 2
Cabot Van Til rf 5 1 3 1 0 0 0
Dylan Gargas p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Jeremiah Barr p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Javier De la Torre p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Hayden Shenefield p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 41 10 14 10 4 9 9
BATTING
2B: Robert Bostedt; Noah Strohl 2
HR: Noah Strohl
RBI: David Maldonado; Robert Bostedt 3; Trevor Beard; Noah Strohl 4; Cabot Van Til
Sac: Reece Hernandez
GIDP: Noah Strohl
BASERUNNING
SB: Cabot Van Til 2
FIELDING
E: Michael Diffley; Dylan Gargas

Santa Rosa

HITTERS AB R H RBI BB SO LOB
Blake Berry 2b 2 0 0 2 2 1 0
Josh Lenney 3b 6 1 1 0 0 4 3
Trevor Mallett c 4 0 1 0 1 1 4
Ryder Kuhns 1b 4 1 2 1 1 0 1
Ben Sanderson dh 5 1 2 0 0 0 2
Matt Kimura ss 4 1 1 0 1 0 1
Jeff Bart rf 2 2 0 1 0 0 0
Matt Yokota lf 3 0 0 0 0 2 3
   Cole Brodnansky ph 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
   Nick Robinson lf 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Daniel Teasley cf 2 0 1 1 1 1 0
   Joe Canepa ph 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Shamus Lyons p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Jeremy Pearson p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Henry Burch p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Juan Lopez-Rios p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Cal Clamar p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 35 6 9 6 6 9 14
BATTING
2B: Josh Lenney; Joe Canepa
RBI: Blake Berry 2; Ryder Kuhns; Jeff Bart; Cole Brodnansky; Daniel Teasley
Sac fly: Blake Berry; Daniel Teasley
BASERUNNING
SB: Jeff Bart
CS: Daniel Teasley
FIELDING
E: Josh Lenney 2; Trevor Mallett
DP: Blake Berry; Ryder Kuhns; Matt Kimura

Grossmont

PITCHERS IP H R ER BB SO HR
Dylan Gargas 3.1 4 2 1 3 2 0
Jeremiah Barr (W, 1-1) 3.1 4 3 2 2 5 0
Javier De la Torre 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0
Hayden Shenefield 2.0 1 1 1 1 1 0
Totals 9.0 9 6 4 6 9 0
PITCHING
Batters Faced: Dylan Gargas 19; Jeremiah Barr 18; Javier De la Torre; Hayden Shenefield 9
HBP: Dylan Gargas 2; Jeremiah Barr; Hayden Shenefield
Pitches-Strikes: Dylan Gargas 65-38; Jeremiah Barr 59-40; Javier De la Torre 5-4; Hayden Shenefield 26-17

Santa Rosa

PITCHERS IP H R ER BB SO HR
Shamus Lyons (L, 3-4) 3.0 7 4 4 2 4 1
Jeremy Pearson 3.2 4 2 2 1 0 0
Henry Burch 0.1 1 2 1 0 1 0
Juan Lopez-Rios 0.1 0 1 1 1 0 0
Cal Clamar 1.2 2 1 1 0 4 0
Totals 9.0 14 10 8 4 9 1
PITCHING
Batters Faced: Shamus Lyons 19; Jeremy Pearson 15; Henry Burch 3; Juan Lopez-Rios 2; Cal Clamar 7
Pitches-Strikes: Shamus Lyons 73-44; Jeremy Pearson 38-25; Henry Burch 15-10; Juan Lopez-Rios 7-2; Cal Clamar 26-16
SCORING SUMMARY
GROSSMONT – TOP 3RD
Noah Strohl homered to left field, 2 RBI; Robert Bostedt scored.
SANTA ROSA – BOTTOM 3RD
Ryder Kuhns singled through the right side, RBI; Trevor Mallett advanced to second; Josh Lenney scored.
GROSSMONT – TOP 4TH
Cabot Van Til singled down the lf line, RBI; Eric De la Rosa scored.
David Maldonado singled through the right side, RBI; Cabot Van Til scored.
SANTA ROSA – BOTTOM 4TH
Blake Berry walked, RBI; Daniel Teasley advanced to second; Matt Yokota advanced to third; Jeff Bart scored, unearned.
GROSSMONT – TOP 7TH
Trevor Beard singled through the left side, RBI; Reece Hernandez scored.
Noah Strohl doubled to center field, RBI; Trevor Beard scored.
SANTA ROSA – BOTTOM 7TH
Jeff Bart reached first on a fielding error by ss, RBI; Matt Kimura advanced to second; Ben Sanderson advanced to third; Ryder Kuhns scored.
Cole Brodnansky grounded out to 3b, RBI; Jeff Bart advanced to second; Matt Kimura advanced to third; Ben Sanderson scored.
Daniel Teasley flied out to rf, sacrifice fly, RBI; Jeff Bart advanced to third; Matt Kimura scored, unearned.
GROSSMONT – TOP 8TH
Robert Bostedt doubled to left center, 3 RBI; Justen Burkey scored; Reece Hernandez scored; David Maldonado scored, unearned.
Noah Strohl doubled to center field, RBI; Robert Bostedt scored, team unearned.
SANTA ROSA – BOTTOM 9TH
Blake Berry flied out to lf, sacrifice fly, RBI; Jeff Bart scored.
OTHER INFORMATION
Location: Fresno, CA
Stadium: John Euless Balpark
Attendance: 0
Duration: 3:10
Umpires: Home plate – Hal Simons , First base – Dean Poteet , Second base – Scott Mahoney , Third base – Bob Williams

 

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